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December 11, 2011 10:31:33 AM

Hi, im building a gaming rig - my original budget was around £450 but after reading the i5 2500k reviews i decided i wanted one :) 
anyway the specs are:

Intel i5 2500k - £153 - http://www.weareelectricals.com/products/INTEL-Core-i5-...

2X4GB DDr3 1600 MHz Ram - £32 (for both) - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KINGSTON-HYPERX-4GB-DDR3-1600...

optical 24x drive - £15 - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LiteOn-iHAS124-DVD-RW-Interna...

Corsair CX Series 600w psu V2 - £50 - http://www.ebuyer.com/269259-corsair-600w-cx-series-v2-...

Crappy case with fan - £19 (will eventually be replaced) - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ATX-Gaming-PC-Case-side-windo...

AMD Radeon HD 6870 AND Spinpoint 1TB HDD (5400rpm) - £194 - http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/11353068/art/sapphire-t...

Asrock p67 fata1ity mobo - £90 - http://www.weareelectricals.com/products/Asrock-P67-Per...

what do you guys think of it, will it work? (also are there cheaper parts than the ones mentioned?)

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December 11, 2011 6:48:38 PM

Try not to buy from weareelectricals - customer reviews are shocking. Better to pay a little more from a trusted site.

CPU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=asc_df_B004FA...

Voltage is not listed for the ram, it needs to be 1.5v so this:http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160...

This for ODD: http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-19-24x-dvd-...

PSU: Be Quiet

Crappy case: I've seen worse.

HD6870 with HDD: Good price but the drive is slow. But a v. good price

Mobo I'm struggling with. It's nice board but can't keep the price down.

Good luck
December 11, 2011 6:52:14 PM

Thanks alot for the help :) 
regarding the drive: im going to buy a 10k or ssd in a while for programs so it will just be fir storage of media :) 
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December 11, 2011 6:54:32 PM

SSD for boot/OS drive. Then the other drive is fine.
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December 11, 2011 7:29:54 PM

Buy ya RAM in matched pairs. It definitely does NOT need to be 1.5 ..... most so called 1.5v RAM runs at 1.65 v under the advertised DDR3 speed which requires engaging the XMP profile or setting the speed , voltage and timings manually.


Sandy Bridge does not demand only 1.5v modules, it will be perfectly happy with 1.65v modules too. If someone tries to tell you that you must have 1.5v modules, then they are either trying to sell them to you, or they have been reading misinformation, or both! Another point to consider here, is that in your BIOS, if you head to the memory voltage setting, and enter 1.5v, the text will remain white/grey, if you enter 1.65v, it will turn yellow, and it isn't until 1.73v that it turns red, so at the moment, I'd rest assured that 1.65v modules are OK to use, and I have had this confirmed by Asus, Gigabyte and Corsair so far, as soon as I hear from anyone else, I will update this again.

I can't see buying a "crappy case" and then redoing hours of work later to do it over again.
December 11, 2011 7:36:13 PM

I'm in the "reading misinformation" camp.